The Beatles Challenge

It’s been 50 years since the first Beatles album was released. So let’s have a look back for a minute, and consider this.

Below are 100 songs written by the Beatles between late 1962 and late 1969. That’s right — the Beatles recorded their entire collection within seven years, in the time most bands these days produce 2 or maybe 3 albums.beatles_12a Moreover, they went from “She loves you, yeah yeah yeah” to “I read the news today, oh boy” in a period of a little over three years, dragging the rest of pop music behind.

So here’s the challenge: Can you name any other group that comes anywhere close to this record? Here, look at this list of their 100 best-known songs. See how many of these songs you know.

1962
Love Me Do

1963
Please Please Me
I Saw Her Standing There
Do You Want to Know a Secret?
From Me To You
She Loves You
It Won’t Be Long
All My Loving
I Want To Hold Your Hand
This Boy

1964
Can’t Buy Me Love
You Can’t Do That
A Hard Day’s Night
I Should Have Known Better
If I Fell
And I Love Her
I’ll Cry Instead
Any Time at All
Things We Said Today
I Feel Fine
She’s a Woman
Eight Days a Week
I’ll Follow the Sun
No Reply
Baby’s in Black

1965
Ticket to Ride
Help!
Yes It Is
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
I’ve Just Seen a Face
Yesterday
Drive My Car
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
You Won’t See Me
Nowhere Man
Michelle
Girl
In My Life
Day Tripper
We Can Work It Out

1966
Paperback Writer
Rain
Taxman
Eleanor Rigby
Here, There, and Everywhere
Yellow Submarine
She Said She Said
Good Day Sunshine
And Your Bird Can Sing
Got to Get You Into My Life
Tomorrow Never Knows
Penny Lane
Strawberry Fields Forever

1967
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help From My Friends
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
When I’m Sixty Four
Lovely Rita
A Day in the Life
All You Need is Love
Baby You’re a Rich Man
Hello Goodbye
I Am The Walrus
Magical Mystery Tour
The Fool on the Hill

1968
Lady Madonna
Across the Universe
All Together Now
Hey Bulldog
Hey Jude
Revolution
Back in the USSR
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness is a Warm Gun
Martha My Dear
Blackbird
Rocky Raccoon
Birthday
Mother Nature’s Son
Helter Skelter

1969
Get Back
Don’t Let Me Down
Two of Us
Let It Be
I’ve Got a Feeling
The Long and Winding Road
The Ballad of John and Yoko
Old Brown Shoe
Come Together
Something
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
Oh! Darling
Octopus’ Garden
Here Comes the Sun
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

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5 thoughts on “The Beatles Challenge

    • Of course not. There is no comparable, just a few pretty wonderful second-runners-up in a rough tie. I tried to give my kids the Beatles in the same way I — or to be fair, my wife Deborah and I — tried to give them curiosity and love of ideas and kindness to other living things, people definitely included. Offered the Beatles along with all the other best things to them to help them discover the happiest bits of the human heritage in our era.

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